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men s Olympic Games 2004 - Match Descriptive

Match descriptive

Russia beat Italy 3-2 (25-16, 25-22, 22-25, 23-25, 15-13) - duration 2:00
23-Aug, start time: 11:15, end time: 13:15 - Attendance: 4'134
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium
Italy lose but retain Pool B second place
Despite the result Russia are still likely to maintain third place in Pool A behind Italy in second and leaders Brazil. USA have the chance of overtaking Russia and claiming third place only if they beat the undefeated Brazilians in the last match of the day.

Italy just needed one set to secure the second place in Pool B. Russia had to win in straight sets in order to grab the Pool's second spot and they got off to the best of starts in their mission.

Russia took charge right from the first set. Serguey TETYUKHIN was unstoppable, but, most importantly the Russian serving was excellent. Just 19 minutes after the beginning of the first set, Russia was celebrating an easy 25-16 win.
Good blocking and serving was still the basis of another excellent Russian effort in the second set, making it difficult for Andrea SARTORETTI and Matej CERNIC to finish their attacks with efficiency.

But Italy, knowing they needed to win at least one set, got their act together in the second set and guided by five-time-Olympian Andrea GIANI, who came off the bench, sailed to a 25-22 win.

The scenario repeated itself in the fourth set. Italy was more determined and won again 25-22 to tie the match.

Italy's great morale helped them to build a margin during the tiebreaker and brought the score to 12-9 but this time it was time for the Russians to take action. Led by Sergey BARANOV, Alexey KAZAKOV and thanks to two excellent spikes by Alexander KOSAREV, Russia pipped Italy at the post for their third victory.

TETYUKHIN of Russia and SARTORETTI of Italy led their teams in scoring recording 18 and 19 points respectively.

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